4 Ways You’re Wasting Water in Your Kitchen

Tired of watching water going down the drain? Here are four tips to avoid wasting water in your kitchen.

Amanda Thomas
5-minute read
Episode #206

Using a Garbage Disposal

When we moved in to our RV, one of the things we had trouble adjusting to was the fact that it didn’t have a garbage disposal in the kitchen sink. After 8 years of living in our house, this was something we had gotten used to. If you have a garbage disposal, you probably know the routine. Little bits of food get accumulated in the bottom of the sink, so you turn on the faucet, use the stream of water to wash down every last crumb, then allow the water to continue to run while the disposal whirls and chops the food bits to smithereens. While it may seem like it’s super convenient to wash the food particles down the sink, it’s actually a huge waste of water. All that water going is going down the drain just to wash a few pieces of food away.

You know what uses less water? Tossing those food pieces into the trash or composting bin. Really if you think about it, there’s no good reason to toss food down the garbage disposal. Food that goes into the trash can help break down the other non-food items when they get to the landfill, or it can help you create a great batch of compost to use in your garden. While a garbage disposal does keep you from having to touch a few pieces of food that have settled in your sink strainer, a paper towel can accomplish the same thing. Simply grab another little piece of paper towel and wipe out all the food particles to expose your nice, clean sink.

Drinking Reverse Osmosis Water

The final way we have been wasting water in our kitchen is one that I didn’t realize was as bad as it is. When we moved in to our house, we installed a reverse osmosis, or RO, system in our kitchen. Phoenix water is very hard and has a mineral flavor, so by having the RO system, we always had great water to drink without buying plastic bottles. What I didn’t realize is that RO systems use a lot of water to flush away the particles that are removed from the drinking water. Just how much water is used for that flushing process is up for debate on the internet. In doing a decent amount of searching, I found websites that stated 1 gallon of waste water was created in filtering 1 gallon of drinking water, that 30 gallons of waste water were created to make 1 gallon of drinking water, and literally every amount in between. While there’s not a clear answer on just how much water is flushed away in the process, it’s probably safe to say that it’s an inefficient process at best.

Since being back in our house, we have actually turned off our RO system. Hearing it gurgle and flush all that excess water through the system was making us feel guilty. While it may not remove everything that the RO system did, the filter on our fridge is doing just fine without sending all the wasted water down the drain.

If you would like to cut down on your water consumption, these are just a few easy ways to start in one room of your home. If you’d like more tips on conserving water, you can check out my episode, Go Green: 4 Tips for Saving Water in Your Home.

Until next time, I’m the Domestic CEO, helping you love your home.